Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017

Type
Government
Portfolio
Communications and the Arts
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
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Summary

Introduced with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the bill amends: the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’, which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the Australian population; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’, which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees; and require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to undertake a review by 1 July 2021; the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2010 to amend measures relating to the anti-siphoning scheme and the anti-siphoning notice, including extending the automatic delisting period and removing the multi-channelling rule; and five Acts to provide for collection and assessment arrangements for the new transmitter licence tax. Also establishes a transitional support payment scheme for certain commercial broadcasters; and repeals the Broadcasting Services (Datacasting Charge) Regulations 2001, Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998, Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006, Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 and Television Licence Fees Act 1964 to abolish broadcasting licence fees, datacasting charges and apparatus licence fees paid by commercial broadcasters.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 15 Jun 2017
Second reading moved 15 Jun 2017
Second reading debate 20 Jun 2017
Second reading debate 21 Jun 2017
Second reading agreed to 21 Jun 2017
Consideration in detail debate 21 Jun 2017
Third reading agreed to 21 Jun 2017
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 22 Jun 2017
Second reading moved 22 Jun 2017
Second reading debate 22 Jun 2017
Second reading debate 11 Sep 2017
Second reading debate 12 Sep 2017
Second reading debate 13 Sep 2017
Committee of the Whole debate 13 Sep 2017
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 2 Nick Xenophon Team agreed to
14 Sep 2017
Third reading agreed to 14 Sep 2017
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
16 Oct 2017
Finally passed both Houses 16 Oct 2017
Assent
  • Act no: 113
  • Year: 2017
16 Oct 2017

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Text of bill

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Proposed amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changes to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either the Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.